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We’ve had plans to make a bed frame for awhile. Big plans.

Of course I love most things on Ana White’s website. If you haven’t seen her site, you definitely should- great DIY build plans that are all free. I had something like this in mind for our queen bed: http://ana-white.com/2010/05/furniture-plans-full-size-storage-bed.html. Because storage is a perennial problem in my life and I will forever blame it on the design of where I live and lack of storage space [however, I am proud to announce that I donated of 3 garbage bags of stuff yesterday].

Now let me fill you in on the situation we had going on that necessitated a new frame. I’m sorry that I was so antsy to get this deathtrap out of our house that I did not take a picture of it for posterity, but I will describe it to the best of my ability.

Our old bed:

Metal frame, nothing fancy. You know the kind- it folds in on itself. Brown, ugly. On risers to accommodate our suitcases underneath…Wait, google can help me out!

You've seen this before...but not like ours.

You’ve seen this before…but not like ours.

That! But held together with zip ties. Yep. Because last time we moved, we damaged the metal clamps I got with the bed when I bought this frame in 2009. And despite ordering 2 different types of replacement sets on Amazon, neither of them would hold the bed together properly and finally Mr. Pandercraft decided that zipties would do an ok short term job.

Except by short term we apparently meant the entire year and a half we’ve lived here. A year and a half of rolling toward each other every night because surprise, zipties are flexible and let the bed bow in the middle. A year and a half of going to bed hoping we didn’t go crashing to the ground in the middle of the night (hey, it only happened twice!).

No more. Either we’re getting old or this setup was aging our backs and finally, after 2 months of what we’ll call “planning” but was really us avoiding doing any work outdoors in Chicago winter, we were ready. I had a 3 day weekend and it was time to get our build on.

If you looked at the plan link above, you can tell I had my usual ambitious “I can make that!” attitude on. I started out like this:

Before

Before

I should have taken a picture of myself at Home Depot the first day we went. After 10 minutes, the aisles on aisles of plywood, 2x4s, and other seemingly random sizes of wood combined with the cost to make my dream bed had me more like this:

After 10 minutes at Home Depot

After 10 minutes at Home Depot

All of that to say we did NOT follow the Ana White plan I wanted. At all. Plywood is surprisingly expensive, and as we all know, I’m cheap at heart. In my frustration I finally told Mr. Pandercraft to just do whatever it was he kept trying to explain to me with words and no pictures. This is a photo-heavy blog because I am a visual learner. Verbally explaining projects like this to me is like…so pointless I don’t even have a good analogy for something equally pointless but funnier.

Anyways, now that I’ve laid out the background lets get to work.

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